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Falling in Love Again
You were happy just to sit and think about the object of your affections. And when he walked into the room, your world lit up.
Who wouldn’t want that feeling?
Even after a devastating break up, we want to recover that feeling of love. It feels good enough to take the risk and go after again and again. The love feels good enough to make the loss worth it.
So why do people say to service dog raisers or foster parents, “I could never do what you do. It would be too hard to give the dog up.”
The typical response is something noble that talks about how the work’s importance makes the loss worth it. I have no doubt that is true. And I can only imagine how wonderful it must feel for a service dog raiser to see his puppy helping a person live a fulfilling life.
But I’d like to ask another question in response: How could anyone not want the feeling of falling in love over and over again?
We get to know each dog who comes into our lives, even if for a short time. Before long, we’re in love.
So, if you’re one of those people who is able to take on the job of raising service dogs or fostering but you’ve held back because you didn’t know how you’d ever give the dog back, ask yourself: How many times can I fall in love?